Hi! I’m Tiffany, and I’m a Chemist (with a degree in Biology) in my late 30’s. I live in Northern Utah with my family. I think it’s pretty obvious that I love food, (yeah, I created an entire blog dedicated to it). I’ve spent most of my career running around the globe teaching people how to use portable Mass Spectrometry to analyze all sorts of chemicals, and today I manage that product line. Fortunately (and unfortunately) my job has taken me all over the world, and man, I can eat my way through any city (hello Cairo, Moscow, Warsaw and more!). In between all the chemistry and travel, one of my biggest passions is food and more importantly health. And maybe even more important than that, what motivates us to eat what we eat.
I spent most of my life not really worrying about what I ate. I was a really active kid and played any sport I could fit in my schedule. Food had very little effect on my body. I ate when I was hungry, and that basically summed it up. That is, until I hit college.
I won’t lie, I was still pretty fit in college, but my diet was terrible. A lot of fast food, anything I could eat on the go, and many late night burrito runs with my roommates. Like most college freshman I gained a little weight which made me feel self-conscious. Since my early 20’s my weight and health have fluctuated due to stress, school, marriage, pregnancy and sadly divorce. One summer I had had enough, I decided I was going to shed any of those extra pounds once and for all, and feel comfortable taking my kid to the swimming pool. I spent that summer of 2014 counting calories, and eating fat-free Frankin’ foods. I spent hours riding my bike. I tracked everything, ate as little as possible and was a slave to the scale. It was exhausting. I was hungry, cranky, tired and I had a lot of headaches. Worst of all, my body wasn’t really changing.
While surfing the interwebs and Instagram I kept coming across “healthy” eating. The idea that if we ate foods that come from nature…fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy oils, that our bodies would respond and become healthy. It was a difference of eating the RIGHT foods vs. the old idea that we should just cut back on what we eat. At first I thought it sounded crazy restrictive (because I love ALL the foods!) and I couldn’t imagine losing weight while welcoming healthy fats. I was a child of the 80’s raised on skim milk, margarine and fat free cottage cheese. Eating an entire avocado was a completely foreign idea, it sounded scary.
But, people kept posting their results, and I couldn’t ignore them.
So I did my homework, read several books, scientific articles and I couldn’t argue the research. The science is solid, and it’s exactly what I learned in all my human biology classes while studying in college.
So I decided to jump in, face first, by going 30 days without any processed foods. Seriously none. Not even a bite, or a lick. I mainly did this to hopefully tame my sweet tooth, and change my tastes to wanting healthy natural foods.
The results were nothing short of life changing. No, really, life changing.
My results: I lost 6 lbs, headaches gone, stiff joints gone, asthma and seasonal allergies gone. My skin completely cleared up, skin tone evened out, redness gone, and I started to have a healthy glow. My energy shot through the roof. I no longer had the 3pm drag and I stopped taking naps on the weekends. I fell asleep faster and slept throughout the night. My tastes had changed, and sugar no longer had a hold on me. And all my digestive issues (bloating, cramping, constipation) all completely went away.
Since my initial dive into healthy eating I still try to find that balance between eating mostly all whole food meals, while allowing for treats every now and then. I feel like I’m in better shape and have a younger body than when I was in high school.
At the end of 2016 I started doing CrossFit. I love the workouts, and I have never seen my body change so drastically. Within the first month my energy levels completely plummeted, unfortunately. In doing more research I found several articles that suggested I probably wasn’t eating enough carbohydrates. Since then I have started tracking my macros (fat, carbohydrates and protein intake) to make sure I’m getting enough of the right things to fuel my activity. Yes, tracking what you eat is a tedious process, and when I feel like I have a better handle on it I’ll write more. But, for now, it’s working, I’m feeling fueled and feel like I’m learning a ton.
My love of food has made it fun to create tasty and exciting dishes, so I don’t feel deprived while still eating wholesome meals. Feel free to email me if you have any questions at email@example.com. Thanks for stopping by!